Checking for a tag

  1. Step 1. Making sure the tag is placed on the site
  2. Step 2. Checking data collection
  3. Step 3. Checking statistics display
  4. What data can I see in the browser console?
  5. Questions and answers

After creating and adding the tag snippet to the site, you can make sure it is placed on the site pages and works correctly.

Tip. Make sure the tag is installed correctly every time changes are made to the site, for example, when new pages or sections appear.

Step 1. Making sure the tag is placed on the site

  1. Go to Yandex Metrica and find the tag you want to check in the list.
  2. Go to Settings, then Check for tag.
  3. In the field, specify the URL of the page you want to make sure the tag is placed on. For example, https://example.com/page/. By default, it displays the URL that is specified in the tag settings in the Website address.

Yandex Metrica will start searching the page you specified for the tag whose settings you are viewing. It will open in a new browser tab. If Yandex Metrica finds the tag, a message confirming the tag is placed on the website will appear on the page.

Common reasons why Yandex Metrica couldn't find a tag
Reason Recommendation
The tag snippet loads with a delay or the tag loads after performing a specific action on the site. Wait a while or perform the action that should trigger the tag to load.
The tag is blocked by the Adblock Plus extension, other scripts, or firewall. You can check in the browser console whether “Adblock Plus” or other scripts are enabled.
The tag isn't installed on the site page, is installed incorrectly, or was removed from the page. Make sure the tag is installed correctly using the _ym_debug=1 parameter in step 2 below.

Step 2. Checking data collection

To see what data the tag collects:
  1. Append the ym_debug=1 parameter to the page URL in the browser's address bar and reload the page.
    http://example.com/?_ym_debug=1
  2. Open the browser console with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + J ( + + J for Apple OS).

    If the console displays information about the tag number and the action on the page (for example, PageView), then the tag is working correctly. See what other events may be displayed in the browser console.

Reasons why data is missing in the console
Reason Recommendation
The tag is blocked by the Adblock Plus extension, other scripts, or firewall. You can check in the browser console whether “Adblock Plus” or other scripts are enabled.
The tag isn't installed on the site or is installed incorrectly. For example, the CMS modified the code snippet. Reinstall the tag or contact your CMS support service.
The mc.yandex.ru domain is blocked in the hosts file on your OS. Check your OS settings.

To solve the issue, please contact the person responsible for maintaining the website.

Step 3. Checking statistics display

To see how many users visit the site page where you confirmed the tag is present, go to Yandex Metrica, select Settings, and perform step 3 under Check for tag: open the Popular report. The segment for viewing the URL you specified will be configured in the report.

Information may be missing in the report if the specified site page had no visitors for the selected period. If there is data in the browser console and you are sure that users visit the page, but the report isn't displayed, check the tag settings in the Filters tab:

  • If the filters are too strict, you can remove the ones you don't need.
  • If Don't count my sessions is set as a filter, try opening the site in your browser in “Incognito mode”.

What data can I see in the browser console?

When checking the tag, you may see the following data in the browser console:

Page views
The PageView string displays information about page views.

Content data
A message confirming that marked-up content for collecting statistics on content analytics is placed on the site.

Conversion
For example, the Reach goal string notifies that the reachGoal method is called if the "JavaScript event" goal is set up. For more information about goal events, see Checking a goal.

E-commerce data
  • Product views: Displays a string that looks like Params. Counter <tag number>. Params: {"__ym":{"ecommerce":[{"detail":{"products":[{"id":"111","name":"","price":,"category":""}]}}]}}. For example:

  • Adding an item to the basket: Displays the string that looks like Params. Counter <tag number>. Params: {"__ym":{"ecommerce":[{"add":{"products":[{"id":"111","name":"","price":,"category":""}]}}]}}.
  • Purchase: Displays the string that looks like Params. Counter <tag number>. Params: {"__ym":{"ecommerce":[{"purchase":{"products":[{"id":"111","name":"","price":,"category":""}]}}]}}.
  • Removing an item from the basket: Displays a string that looks like Params. Counter <tag number>. Params: {"__ym":{"ecommerce":[{"remove":{"products":[{"id":"111","name":"","price":,"category":""}]}}]}}.

For more information about setting up events and viewing statistics, see What is E-commerce?.

Outbound link click
Information about outbound link clicks is displayed in the the string that looks like Ext link. Counter <tag number>. Url:. Data on email click or phone number is displayed the same way.

File downloads
If a visitor downloaded a file from your site, you can see this in the string that looks like File. Counter <tag number>. Url:.

Session parameters
The browser console may display session parametersif you set up transmitting this data to Yandex Metrica. Parameters are used to send Yandex Metrica additional information that you want to track statistics for in reports.

Questions and answers

If metrics have dropped, does this mean the tag isn't working?
There are various reasons why statistics may drop. To make sure the tag is working, check it (on the main and other pages of the site). To find out why metrics have dropped: